University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Underrepresented Minorities

We support the mission of the Office of Diversity and Outreach to build and support a diverse faculty, student, trainee and staff community. At UCSF our working definition of an underrepresented minority (URM) can be found here

We also consider trainees from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, as defined by the HHS Poverty Guidelines, to be URM.

NIH Diversity Supplements
The NIH provides funding to attract minority trainees and faculty to research careers through their NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (PA-18-586). UCSF’s Research Development Office has created a special section on their website to help faculty apply for these grants.

Diversity supplement opportunities: 

Cancer Center

  • The CURE Internship is a paid opportunity for 10 rising African American and Latino high school juniors and seniors to spend two months at UCSF supporting cancer research. The internship is a partnership between the UCSF Early Academic Outreach Program and the Hellen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center that provides high school students with an exceptional scientific, health and medical environment to further their career interests but also the opportunity for students’ academic and professional development.
  • Oasis for Girls - Partners with young women of color aged 14-18 from under-resourced communities in San Francisco to provide a medical internship experience. For more information contact Marisa McFarlane


  • Office of Diversity and Outreach – They provide education and training and collaborate with the four professional schools, the Graduate Division, and the medical centers, to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion across UCSF. Their website also has the Diversity Hub, which is a site to search over 200 diversity & outreach initiatives at UCSF.
  • Dean’s Diversity Fund - To assist with recruitment and retention of faculty who share our commitments to diversity and service to underserved or vulnerable populations, each year the Dean’s Office will award up to eight grants to support activities related to our educational and scholarly missions. Those receiving the grants will be named the John A. Watson Faculty Scholars.
  • Resource Allocation Program (RAP) - This grant mechanism provides support for senior fellows, instructors, assistant, associate and full professor faculty from historically disenfranchised racial and ethnic groups that are under-represented in health sciences, or from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. The goal is to encourage fellows and faculty from these groups to remain in academia for their career and thus increase the diversity of our faculty.
  • NIH Grant Diversity Supplements – The NIH provides funding to attract minority trainees and faculty to research careers through their NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (PA-18-586). UCSF’s Research Development Office has created a special section on their website to help faculty apply for these grants.
  • SF BUILD – is a collaboration between UC San Francisco (UCSF) and San Francisco State University (SFSU) to enhance diversity of the biomedical research workforce by transforming the teaching and research environments at SF State. The Cancer Control ProgramBreast Oncology, and Tobacco Control Program at the HDFCCC mentor these students and work with them on projects in their labs.
  • Science and Health Education Partnership (SEP) – Leads a range of programs for SFUSD K-12 teachers. These programs include classroom-based partnerships, courses, and seminars.
  • Research in Implementation Science for Equity (RISE) - RISE is an all-expenses paid training opportunity for junior faculty or transitioning postdocs who are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences and have a research focus that is centered on heart, lung, blood, or sleep disorders research. The program involves a two-week RISE Summer Institute, focused on implementation science and career mentoring, which is hosted by UCSF’s Center for Vulnerable Populations in July in San Francisco. RISE Scholars also complete a second summer institute the following summer.
  • Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) – This program has worked closely with Bay Area School Districts for the past 18 years supporting underrepresented and educationally disadvantaged students in San Francisco and Daly City.  EAOP provides services that lead to academic success, exposes students and their families to health careers, and increase the number going to college.
  • Center for Aging in Diverse Communities Scholars Program - Funds less experienced minority investigators at the junior faculty or postdoc level to conduct pilot studies to investigate issues of aging in African American, Latino, Asian, and sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations.